• Behold the Google Server, ye nations, and weep

    What you see before you is the Google Server, the commodity hardware Google uses to run all its operations. The machine is a standard Intel/AMD 2U server but each one has its own 12-volt battery, ensuring that the servers will maintain power in emergency situations, thereby alleviating the need for a large, nasty UPS. Read More

  • Review: VIA ARTiGO A2000 Barebone Storage Server

    Quick Version: Much more functional than a NAS hard drive but not as expensive or large as most home server boxes, the VIA ARTiGO A2000 threads the needle between performance and price. And it looks good, to boot. Read More

  • CrunchDeals: HP MediaSmart home server for $299

    Waiting to pull the trigger on a home server? OfficeMax has the HP MediaSmart for $299, which is a pretty enticing deal. The machine itself is outfitted with a 64-bit AMD Sempron CPU, 512MB of RAM, 500GB 7200rpm hard drive (with three available expansion drive bays for adding extra hard drives), and the Windows Home Server operating system. This deal is available online only and lasts… Read More

  • Servers compromised at World Bank, senior technology manager calls it an ‘unprecedented crisis’

    Whoops. Fox News is reporting that the World Bank is smack-dab in the middle of what “may be the worst security breach ever at a global financial institution.” It’s not really clear what exactly has happened but it is clear that this isn’t the first time that the bank has had problems with its cyber security and that some of the more serious past intrusions have come… Read More

  • Windows HPC Server runs at 68.5 teraflops, can almost run Vista

    A Windows HPC Server installation is ranked as the 23rd fastest supercomputer in the world according to the National Center for Supercomputing Applications. The machine, which has over 9,472 nodes, hit 68.5 teraflops in trials. Similarly, computer scientists at Umea University in northern Sweden, also working with the beta version of Windows HPC Server 2008 on their supercluster, achieved… Read More

  • PsyStar selling rack servers

    Need an XServe without paying Apple for the privilege? Psystar has something for you. They’re releasing 1U and 2U servers running Windows, Ubuntu, and “even Mac OS X Leopard Server.” Again, these boys are risking a lot selling these things, but more power to them. These are OEM rack servers with a little Psystar work and not much else, but it starts at about $2,000 and OS X… Read More

  • IBM readies new smaller, water-cooled server series

    IBM may be out of the personal computer business it helped start, but it’s still making computers, mostly business servers. It plans this summer to launch a new data center server line called iDataPlex, which is aimed to compete with traditional rack servers. It’s aimed at Web 2.0 companies that need lots of processing power but don’t have a lot of space. They’re meant… Read More

  • FastSoft creates a hardware download accelerator?

    This company is advertising a hardware add-on that will multiply your outgoing bandwidth by 10-30x. I’m not sure how much of this is real, how much is PR, and how much is pure snake oil. Check the technology section. They say the speed increase is due to “bypassing the limitations of the TCP protocol.” I’m not sure what they mean by that and that’s about as… Read More

  • Apple goes enterprise? It could happen

    While some of us may remember the XServe and basically say “didn’t Apple already go enterprise? And fail?” this rumor is different. Basically folks are saying that thanks to the iPhone SDK, ActiveSync/Exchange support, and sheer force of will on Steve’s part Apple will become a fully-fledged enterprise player, offering synced iPhones and Mac hardware to hungry… Read More

  • Quad RAMage! Metaram's chips quadruple your server's RAM capacity

    I’m a little suspicious of this technology, but if it works then it’s certainly cool. Metaram’s new MetaSDRAM chipset sits between the RAM and the controller and acts as a go-between for additional RAM (as far as I can tell). I get the feeling this is a great idea for big servers like company databases but not necessarily for high-performance ones, since memory bandwidth is… Read More

  • Archos TV+ is a lot like Apple TV (but Archos usually lets people tinker with its hardware)

    [photopress:archostvplus.jpg,full,center] It looks like the Archos TV+ came out in Europe before here, what with every British tech site having already given their first impression. The little device is a media server and comes with either an 80GB or 250GB hard drive. Wi-Fi takes care of the wireless streaming of music, movies, photos and the sort. If it sounds similar to the Apple TV… Read More